In a major policy shift, Google has today announced a change in its Adult content policy on Blogger which now bans sexually explicit content to be posted on any of the existing or newly created Blogger websites. This was also informed to Blogger website owners via an e-mail.
Announcing the latest change, Google says,
Starting March 23, 2015, you won’t be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.
This latest policy change will result in a quite a lot of alterations on existing blogs in the Blogger network. Google has outlined these changes as follows :
If your blog was created before March 23, 2015, and contains content that violates Blogger’s new policy, you have a few options for changing your blog before the new policy starts:
- Remove sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video from your blog
- Mark your blog as private
If you’d rather take your blog down altogether, you can export your blog as a .xml file or archive your blog’s text and images using Google Takeout.
However, if you plan to create a new blog on Blogger, Google ‘may’ remove the blog or take other action if it includes content that is sexually explicit or shows graphic nudity as explained in the serach giant’s content policy.
But then, there’s a catch to this policy change.
We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.